This week up for review, its Rowan’s new yarn All Seasons Chunky.
This chunky weight yarn was launched by Rowan for the 2013 Spring/Summer Season. Composed of a machine washable 60% cotton and 40% acrylic microfibre, it’s a lovely yarn; soft and light enough to wear for any season.
Rowan very kindly gave me a ball of this super new yarn to try out:
I really enjoyed knitting with it : I have to agree with Rowan that this new yarn certainly shows beautiful stitch definition. It knits up very quickly which is very satisfying. I also got to try out some of my favourite chunky knitting needles! (the ball band recommends US 10.5 (UK 2) knitting needles).
Next I decided to experiment with some crochet. I used a 6.5mm crochet hook.
With one ball of yarn to play with, and inspired by the final of the Great British Sewing Bee, I thought I would make a crocheted clutch bag for the summer with a pretty ‘shell stitch’. The ‘pebble’ colour of the yarn went beautifully with some linen that I had in my stash and some gorgeous Amy Butler fabric from her Soul Blossoms collection for Rowan.
I made a simple linen clutch bag lined with the Amy Butler fabric and hand stitched the crochet to the outside.
Let me know what you think…?
There are some beautiful knitting patterns in the All Seasons Chunky Brochure reflecting the trend for relaxed summer knitwear. Marie Wallin has designed 12 simple textured easy to wear knits that are “simple to knit and are perfect for whiling away lazy summer days and warm sultry evenings”. Check out this post for some examples, or have a look at Rowan Yarn’s Pinterest Board.
All Seasons Chunky is available in some really gorgeous colours:
Foam, pebble, powder, drift, shore, dune, reach, cove, heatwave, jetsam, stoney, samphire, flotsam and whirlpool…
Are you tempted? Let me know if you are! I would love to hear from you 🙂
Happy summer knitting (or crocheting)!